Under objective 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments are committed to taking effective and immediate measures to eradicate forced labour, ending modern slavery and human trafficking, securing the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, and ending child labour in all its forms by 2025. In Europe, a legislative and policy framework has been adopted to address forced labour and other forms of severe labour exploitation and trafficking in human beings (THB). In addition, a number of European countries have recently ratified the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention and started developing new legislation and policies. Despite these efforts, inconsistencies and gaps remain and effective enforcement is challenging: few victims are identified and supported, and investigations, prosecutions and convictions remain limited despite the significance of the phenomenon. This training course will enable participants to further develop their knowledge and skills through the exchange of operational experiences on topical issues of concern and areas of practice linked to the enforcement of national legislation and policies on forced labour/trafficking for labour exploitation. The forum will foster peer learning as participants can mix and match their interests and develop their skills through the exchange of operational experiences. It will provide European law enforcement actors, especially labour inspectors and law enforcement officers working on forced labour/ trafficking for labour exploitation with an opportunity to discuss topical issues and areas of practice, to learn from each other, and to network.
Labour-inspection, police, immigration, tax and other law-enforcement authorities; representatives of employers' and workers' organizations and of civil society.